Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Carol Peletier Talks to Lizzie on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 4: “Indifference”

The AMC suits are sweating the next eight episodes of The Walking Dead Season 4! Excellent. Unless that's bad.

This TV show is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, and it gets pretty gruesome at times. Like, did they really go there gruesome. The second half of Season 4 is going to get particularly "bleak," as Robert has mentioned before, because the former Team Prison is now back on the road. The world has gotten even meaner since the last time they were homeless, which was after the farm was overrun in Season 2. This second half is meant to be closer to Season 1, when they were camping out in the open, going place to place trying to get a feel for what's happening in the world.

There have been times when the TV show has elected to soften some of the comic books’ violence (no graphic rape scene, thankfully, and Rick currently still has two hands) and it remains to be seen how much of the post-prison darkness the show will explore.

Here's a hint, from RK to the fans at Amazing Arizona Comicon (via Comicbook.com): "But I will say that the show will continue to get a little bit bleak at times and a little bit darker as the world progresses, and as things get a little bit more dire as they have in the comic. So we’re not going to be pulling any punches, and there’s a lot of stuff coming up that AMC is very worried about, which makes me happy.”

Hee hee. OK, but maybe we should worry too. What if they are indeed planning to kill Judith, or even Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)? If we were AMC execs, we'd be sweating the loss of a fan favorite like him. Or maybe they're worried about another character loss, or perhaps about anything too graphic if they do delve into The Hunters, a group of cannibals. Or — and this is the topic of some fan debate — what if they decide to follow the child killer storyline of the comics, with a new take on Billy/Ben. Eek.

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) teased an episode coming up as the "most controversial" they've ever done, and that's just the kind of thing we can't wait to see. Any theories on what AMC might be worried about? What are you worried about?

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Comicbook.com